God of War: Ragnarok will give Kratos some new abilities to play with, including some elemental super moves and a choice of shields.
With God of War: Ragnarok just a few months after its release, its creators started informing us about what to expect from the next adventure of Kratos and Atreus. I’m talking to Game reference (opens in a new tab)lead combat designers Mihir Sheth and Denny Yeh said the dynamic duo had some new toys to play with, filling the gaps in the first God of War.
“In the last game, if you hit the triangle, you remembered the ax,” Sheth said. “But if you already had the ax, nothing happened. If you had the Blades of Chaos and pressed the triangle, you just went back to the ax. We looked at the concept and thought, “What if you could do something slightly different with this button – a whole new set of moves.”
You’ll have several new elemental powers at your disposal as Kratos fills his Leviathan ax and the Blades of Chaos with ice and fire. In Ragnarok, pressing the triangle will allow you to trigger the signature movement of a weapon, including Frost Awaken freezing enemies and incinerating Whiplash abilities.
You also have several dials to choose from. While 2018’s God of War stuck Kratos with one retractable shield, Ragnarok will let you choose between several bucklers that suit your playstyle.
Dauntless Shield allows quick pairing. If you manage to measure the block, it will turn red, allowing you to launch a powerful stun attack that knocks neighboring enemies back. However, you will not be able to rely on him, as he will become unstable after taking further blows.
Meanwhile, the Stonewall Shield cannot be used for parrying at all, and is suitable for more tanky fighters. It can absorb kinetic energy by absorbing enemy hits, and when fully charged, it can be used to perform a ground attack that knocks enemies off their feet. Other covers will also be included, though the authors are clingy to what they will look like.
Elsewhere in the interview, the designers mention that the game will test your mastery in combat. As you progress, some areas will be re-populated by stronger enemies, and fans of the first game’s Realm Tears can expect a similar level of challenge from the optional side content.
God of War: Ragnarok will be released November 9 on PS5 and PS4. We expect to learn more about Kratos’ new abilities to slaughter the gods closer to launch.